History Manga / BladeOfTheImmortal

20th Jan '17 11:52:13 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* MixedMetaphor: Doma of the Rokki-dan mentally drops a rather random one near the end of the series while Habaki Kagimura is proclaiming death sentences on their adversaries after [[MoralMyopia casually dismissing]] Anotsu's claims that [[NotSoDifferent they're all murderers here]].
-->'''Doma:''' Sheesh, he's like a black pot in a glass house...
16th Jan '17 12:11:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:ImperialJapan: The setting of the DistantFinale.]]
15th Jan '17 9:02:15 AM DustSnitch
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* BadAss: Manji, Magatsu, Makie, Anotsu, Giichi... hell, nearly every other fighter in the series.
** Even Rin has her moments despite being a mediocre fighter.



* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass]]: Hyakurin, after [[spoiler:being gang raped]] in "Beasts".

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* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass]]: PregnantBadass: Hyakurin, after [[spoiler:being gang raped]] in "Beasts".
7th Jan '17 5:53:26 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BookEnds: The series begins with Rin, on Yaobikuni's advice, finding Manji and convincing him to be her bodyguard. The final volume ends [[spoiler:about 90 years into the future, with Yaobikuni bringing Rin's granddaughter Fuyu to Manji for protection]].
29th Dec '16 1:32:47 PM Morgenthaler
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''Blade of the Immortal'' (''Mugen no Junin'') is set in 18th-century Japan and tells the story of a girl named Asano Rin, and her {{badass}} bodyguard [[MeaningfulName Manji]]. Manji is [[CursedWithAwesome immortal]] thanks to an infestation of ''kessen-chu'', sacred worms that pervade his system and knit together any injuries he sustains. He can die only by beheading or by coming into contact with a particularly rare poison. His goal in the series is to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever remove the curse of his immortality]], which will happen if he kills 1000 evil men in reparation for the 100 innocents he killed as an outlaw.

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''Blade of the Immortal'' (''Mugen no Junin'') is set in 18th-century Japan and tells the story of a girl named Asano Rin, and her {{badass}} badass bodyguard [[MeaningfulName Manji]]. Manji is [[CursedWithAwesome immortal]] thanks to an infestation of ''kessen-chu'', sacred worms that pervade his system and knit together any injuries he sustains. He can die only by beheading or by coming into contact with a particularly rare poison. His goal in the series is to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever remove the curse of his immortality]], which will happen if he kills 1000 evil men in reparation for the 100 innocents he killed as an outlaw.
21st Sep '16 2:13:32 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]? More importantly, [[spoiler: he]] always comes back more dangerous and screwed up than last time.



*** Manji's body is virtually MADE of scars (most obvious when he is [[spoiler:poisoned with ''kessen-satsu'' and all his old wounds open up.]]

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*** Manji's body is virtually MADE of scars (most obvious when he is [[spoiler:poisoned with ''kessen-satsu'' and all his old wounds open up.]]up]]).



* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While some great swordsmen use the vanilla katana almost every serious threat uses a personal weapon that often have dishonorable or subtle movements to them. Tellingly the greatest fighter in the series uses a combination of a pike and three section staff. The ''BigBad'' (sorta, see ''GrayAndGrayMorality'') explicitly chose a Chinese sword and a enormous and deadly axe as his weapons to prove that the katana is worthless, and has so far succeeded. Particularly when a poor samurai gets a head crushing object lesson on why a thin sliver of metal isn't the best shield against a twenty kilo axe.
** The main arc is actually revolve around this trope as xenophobia happen across Japan, a non-katana user or foreign sword user is considered heretic and become an actual cause for expulsion or alienation. The Big-bad grandparents is expelled from his sword school for this reason and ended with creating Itto-ryu which is a school devoted to prove that katana and traditional sword-style is not better. For this reason through-out the manga contains many kind of swords and weaponry as the big-bad army try to prove katana and old-sword style inferiority.
** Another thing is that since katana is the majority weaponry in this era, several characters in this story such as Giichi actually devised a weapon and fighting style that can be defined as Anti-Katana making for normal katana user to be an easy target for them.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While some great swordsmen use the vanilla basic katana (most notably Habaki Kagimura and Yamada Asaemon), almost every serious threat uses a unique personal weapon that often have dishonorable or subtle movements with some kind of trick to them.it. Tellingly the greatest fighter in the series uses a combination of a pike and three section staff. The ''BigBad'' BigBad (sorta, see ''GrayAndGrayMorality'') GrayAndGrayMorality) explicitly chose a Chinese sword and a enormous and deadly axe as his weapons to prove that the katana is worthless, and has so far succeeded. Particularly when a poor samurai gets a head crushing head-crushing object lesson on why a thin sliver of metal isn't the best shield against a twenty kilo axe.
** The main arc is actually revolve revolves around this trope as as, due to xenophobia happen across within Japan, a non-katana user or foreign sword user weapon-wielding swordsman is considered a heretic and become an actual would be cause for expulsion or alienation. The Big-bad grandparents is from accepted sword schools. Anotsu's grandfather was expelled from his sword school for this reason and ended with up creating Itto-ryu which is Itto-ryu, a school devoted to prove proving that the katana and its traditional sword-style is not better. For this reason through-out the manga contains many kind of swords be-all and weaponry as the big-bad army try to prove katana and old-sword style inferiority.
end-all of swordsmanship.
** Another thing is that that, since the katana is the majority weaponry most-commonly-used weapon in this era, several characters in this story such (such as Giichi actually Giichi) devised a weapon and fighting style that can be defined as Anti-Katana "anti-katana" making for normal katana user to be katana-users an easy target for them.



* LongRunners: In his last author's note at the end of the final volume, Samura noted that he'd been writing ''Blade of the Immortal'' for ''nineteen years!''



* RecurringVillain / TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]? More importantly, [[spoiler: he]] always comes back more dangerous and screwed up than last time.



* RoaringRampageOfRescue: [[spoiler:Rin and Doa when Manji is captured by the shogunate]].

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* RoaringRampageOfRescue: [[spoiler:Rin and Doa when Manji (and later Isaku) is captured by the shogunate]].



* ThisIsSomethingHeHasToDoHimself: Getting out of the Mugai-ryu works like this; while the members get paid a bounty for each Itto-ryu they killed which goes towards buying their freedom, it's not about the ''value'' of the money, it's just a way of keeping score. When Giichi tries to use his (massive) account to buy Hyakurin's freedom, Habaki refuses him- the money isn't important, what's important is that Hyakurin earn her ''own'' freedom to atone for her crime. Subsequently [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, when Habaki thinks of something worth Hyakurin's freedom Giichi can offer instead- [[spoiler:bringing in Manji]].

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* ThisIsSomethingHeHasToDoHimself: ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Getting out of the Mugai-ryu works like this; while the members get paid a bounty for each Itto-ryu they killed which goes towards buying their freedom, it's not about the ''value'' of the money, it's just a way of keeping score. When Giichi tries to use his (massive) account to buy Hyakurin's freedom, Habaki refuses him- the money isn't important, what's important is that Hyakurin earn her ''own'' freedom to atone for her crime. Subsequently [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, when Habaki thinks of something worth Hyakurin's freedom Giichi can offer instead- [[spoiler:bringing in Manji]].
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** Out of the kunoichi, Meguro, Tanpopo and Ryo all qualify.

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** Ryo was trained in person by her father, Habaki Kagimura, and is just as deadly as that would imply.
** Out of the kunoichi, Meguro, Tanpopo and Ryo Hanabusa's stable of kunoichi mostly all qualify.



** Magatsu has a complex about this too, thanks to his DeadLittleSister.



* BadAss: Manji, Magatsu, Makie, Anotsu, Giichi...hell, nearly every other fighter in the series.

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* BadAss: Manji, Magatsu, Makie, Anotsu, Giichi... hell, nearly every other fighter in the series.



* CloudCuckoolander: Ozuhan.



** The Itto-ryu's philosophy is a bit more in-depth than that; as long as a battle is [[DuelToTheDeath one-on-one]] then ''anything'' is legitimate, no matter how tricky or dirty, because as long as you kill your opponent in the end then all your dirty tricks just meant you were stronger than them. However as soon as ''anyone'' lends you ''any'' aid, you can't claim to be definitely stronger than your opponent because it wasn't just "you" versus "them" any more, and your victory is worthless.



* CoveredWithScars: Manji has scars over every inch of his body.

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* CoveredWithScars: Manji has scars over every inch of his body. This is proven to gruesome effect whenever he's poisoned with ''kessen-satsu,'' which undoes all the bonding the ''kessen-chu'' have done to his damaged body, causing his old wounds to reopen.



** Four armed and armored shogunate guards run across [[spoiler: Shira]][[note]][[spoiler: He]]'s been missing for a fair amount of chapters by now.[[/note]] and attempt to kill [[spoiler: him]] on-sight. [[spoiler: He]] kills three of them in ''one panel'', and the fourth gets her arm cut off as soon as she tries to attack. You...don't want to know what happens next.

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** Four armed and armored shogunate guards run across [[spoiler: Shira]][[note]][[spoiler: He]]'s Shira]][[note]]He's been missing for a fair amount of chapters by now.[[/note]] and attempt to kill [[spoiler: him]] him on-sight. [[spoiler: He]] He kills three of them in ''one panel'', and the fourth gets her arm cut off as soon as she tries to attack. You... don't want to know what happens next.



* GagBoobs: Tanpopo. At one point they help save her life when she gets stabbed in the chest.



* MotiveDecay: Manji's "kill 1000 evil men to be free of the ''kessen-chu"'' story is pretty much forgotten after the first few volumes, although it's briefly brought up again in volume 14 when he reminds Rin that he can't just hack down ''anyone'' she tells him to.



* OneManArmy: Manji is the most blatant example, famously slaughtering a hundred police officers. However Habaki and Makie also easily qualify and, following the infiltration of Edo Castle, so do Anotsu, Magatsu, Baro and Ozuhan.

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* OneManArmy: Manji is the most blatant example, famously slaughtering a hundred police officers. However Habaki and Makie also easily qualify and, following the infiltration of Edo Castle, so do Anotsu, Magatsu, Baro and Ozuhan.Ozuhan (well, a Four-Man Army anyway).



* PlatonicProstitution

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* PlatonicProstitution PlatonicProstitution: Magatsu and O-Ren.



* ThisIsSomethingHeHasToDoHimself: Getting out of the Mugai-ryu works like this; while the members get paid a bounty for each Itto-ryu they killed which goes towards buying their freedom, it's not about the ''value'' of the money, it's just a way of keeping score. When Giichi tries to use his (massive) account to buy Hyakurin's freedom, Habaki refuses him- the money isn't important, what's important is that Hyakurin earn her ''own'' freedom to atone for her crime. Subsequently [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, when Habaki thinks of something worth Hyakurin's freedom Giichi can offer instead- [[spoiler:bringing in Manji]].



* UselessUsefulSpell: Not a "spell" as such, but Rin's "Flight of the Golden Wasps" technique. Anotsu analyses it and assesses it as useless unless she's backed up by a competent swordsman- and later in that same arc, ''he'' is the competent swordsman who takes advantage of it to easily win what would have otherwise been an almost impossible battle.



** Meguro, on the other hand, is mainly a spy, so fighting is not her main forte and she didn't understand or use the above principle. As running is her speciality, she opts to run around while trying to deal death by a thousand cuts. In reality this is also deadly , because the small injuries hamper the enemy's movement, leaving them unable to keep up with Meguro. They also suffer from major blood-loss. Unfortunately, this fighting style is useless against the immortal Shira, who is able to heal those small injuries quickly.

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** Meguro, on the other hand, is mainly a spy, so fighting is not her main forte and she didn't understand or use the above principle. As running is her speciality, she opts to run around while trying to deal death by a thousand cuts. In reality this is also deadly , because the small injuries hamper the enemy's movement, leaving them unable to keep up with Meguro. They also suffer from major blood-loss. Unfortunately, this fighting style is useless against the immortal Shira, [[spoiler:Shira]], who is able to heal those small injuries quickly.quickly while Meguro slowly runs out of breath.
9th Jul '16 9:32:27 PM comicwriter
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* MuggedForDisguise: Hyakurin steals a kimono from a woman as part of an assassination plot, leaving the woman and her husband BoundAndGagged in a closet. [[ApologeticAttacker She actually thanks them for the outfit and apologizes for inconveniencing them before she leaves]].

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* MuggedForDisguise: In her first appearance, Hyakurin steals a kimono from a woman as part of an assassination plot, leaving the woman and her husband BoundAndGagged in a closet. [[ApologeticAttacker She actually thanks them for the outfit and apologizes for inconveniencing them before she leaves]].
9th Jul '16 9:29:22 PM comicwriter
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* MuggedForDisguise: Hyakurin steals a kimono from a woman as part of an assassination plot, leaving the woman and her husband BoundAndGagged in a closet. [[ApologeticAttacker She actually thanks them for the outfit and apologizes for inconveniencing them before she leaves]].
16th May '16 6:44:11 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BluntYes: By [[spoiler:Giichi]] during his AintTooProudToBeg moment:
-->'''[[spoiler:Makie]]:''' You , who have murdered so many [[spoiler:Itto-ryu]], now dare to plead for your life?
-->'''[[spoiler:Giichi]]:''' I do. I beseech you.
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